Video Analysis

Utilizing the Coach’s Eye, we analyze dog agility videos with slow motion and on screen diagrams.

A Closer Look: Masters Challenge Jumpers Analysis thumbnail

Here's a very interesting Masters Challenge Biathlon Jumpers course from a recent USDAA trial designed by Tammi Stone. In this article, I'm going to take a closer look at the sequence from the #14 tunnel to the #17 jump. Below the map are two videos: the first shows me running the entire course at the

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Novice JWW Run and Analysis

Novice JWW Run and Analysis thumbnail

For the next several weeks, we will be sharing our thoughts and training for dogs that are new to the sport. Often, instructors overlook analyses of novice courses in favor of more complex or tricky courses. Watch the video below for a map analysis and run by a true novice dog (not yet showing) followed

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Trusting Your Dog and Moving On: A Case Study thumbnail

In this video, we analyze Rosanne DeMascio's winning 26" Challenger Round run with Strafe. Our focus is not on her handling choices, but on how Rosanne effortlessly reaches key positions on course by moving on as soon as her dog is committed to a given obstacle or line, allowing her to run a smooth, flowing

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2014 AKC NAC Round 1 Wrap Choice – Pace vs Gitchi thumbnail

Click on the video below for a breakdown of an interesting sequence from Round 1 of the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship.

What Would 0.33 Seconds Mean to You? thumbnail

Would 0.33 seconds be the difference between Gold and Bronze? Between a Q and a placement? Between making the finals and being the first dog eliminated? Agility is often decided by the slimmest of margins, one of the reasons that we now use electronic timing. And in a speed sport, 0.33 seconds matters. Wrap choices

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Bad Dog Agility and AgilityNerd: Where Amazing Happens thumbnail

Steve Schwarz over at Agility Nerd has designed a great practice course based on the 2013 IFCS Championship of the Americas Biathlon Jumping course. Sarah and I agreed to analyze the course, run it, analyze our run, and include a link to Steve's analysis in our post. In his blog, Steve notes that he has

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Dogs That Split the Difference thumbnail

When faced with a choice on course, many dogs will choose to "split the difference", meaning the dog will head somewhere in between the two choices while they wait for the handler to provide additional information. Dogs that split the difference are trying very hard to be right. Rather than guess wrong, they delay, possibly

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Course Analysis: Comparison of Dog Paths in Agility thumbnail

In the video below, we apply Greg Derrett's 3 step method for comparing dog paths on the agility course (as outlined in his DVD On Course to Excel). Take a look at the first four obstacles below--which way will you turn your dog after jump #3? After you've decided, watch the video below the course

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Body language, both position and motion, are very important parts of the cues you use in dog agility. By creating differences in body language, we can communicate more clearly with our canine partners. Take a look at the video below to see how a small change in handling can lead to a dramatic improvement in

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